Category Archives: Illustration

Children’s Illustrated Books

Illustration students were recently treated to a talk by Martha Lee, CSAD’s Academic Librarian, about her experience as a member of the judging panel for the CILIP (The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) Carnegie and Kate Greenaway children’s book awards.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

We have a few of the shortlisted books in the library now, alongside other illustrated children’s books. They are currently on display on the 2nd floor at Llandaff Library and can be borrowed.


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Illustrators is a journal ‘devoted to celebrating the often-unsung talents of British and European illustrators…’

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Illustrators Issue 1                                    Illustrators Issue 2

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Illustrators Issue 3                                 Illustrators Issue 4

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Illustrators Issue 5                                   Illustrators Issue 6

Shelfmark 741.6 ILL

Follow the links to the library catalogue Metsearch to read more. Issues one to six can now be seen on display on the 2nd floor of Landaff library.

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Calling Illustration Students!

There’s a great display of books on the 2nd floor of Llandaff library, handpicked by your lecturers for the current CSAD Level 5 Illustration project . . . here’s a virtual display, but even better that you drop into the library and browse the actual books.

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Graham Rawle: author & illustrator

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As part of Cardiff Met’s World Book Day celebrations, we were lucky to be joined at Cardiff School of Art & Design by Graham Rawle, the celebrated writer and illustrator. Graham gave a succinct overview of his work, covering such topics as story structure, content and development. Talking with an audience of over 40 students and staff, he provided a real insight into the world of the graphic novel and generously answered questions and gave advice about the life of the professional novelist and illustrator.

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Graham Rawle: Author Talk

CSAD Llandaff Campus N-block 1st floor

Friday 4th March 11-12pm



Graham Rawle is a writer and collage artist whose visual work incorporates illustration, design, photography and installation. His weekly Lost Consonants series appeared in the Weekend Guardian for 15 years (1990-2005). He has produced other regular series for The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine and The Times.

Among his books are The Wonder Book of Fun, Lying Doggo, Diary of an Amateur Photographer and his reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz, which won 2009 Book of the Year and best Illustrated Trade book at the British Book Design and Production Awards. His critically acclaimed Woman’s World, a novel created entirely from fragments of found text clipped from women’s magazines of the 1950s and ’60s, is being made into a feature film. His latest novel The Card, was shortlisted for the 2013 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Book Award.


This event is free with food and refreshments: guarantee your place now through Event Brite or email

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New Books: Illustration, drawing & book art

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Fifty Years of Illustration: This book charts contemporary illustrations rich history: the rampant idealism of the 1960s, the bleak realism of the 1970s, the over-blown consumerism of the 1980s, the digital explosion of the 1990s, followed by the increasing diversification of illustration in the early twenty-first century.

The Society of Illustrators 55th Annual of Illustration

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Inspiration of Book: Redefine your notion of what a book can be with Inspiration of Book, a collection of over 150 of the most imaginative and innovative books ever made. Some of the books within are crafted from outlandish materials, such as wood, fabric, coconuts or clam shells; others are designed in a way that is counter-intuitive to how most of us envision a book, like books with glow-in-the-dark pages, Snoop Dogg’s smokeable book and the world’s first fully edible book. These books provoke the senses, inspire memories and stimulate our emotions.

Crafting Narrative: Story telling through objects and making.

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do ho suhPen & Ink: Tatoos & the stories behind them                        Do Hu Suh Drawings

These new books are currently on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff library. Follow the links to the library catalogue for more information or to place a reservation. Available to borrow from 24th June.

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Violence and eroticism – new journals in this week.

Lots of exciting new journals have come into the library this week.  Amongst them is  Modern Painters a monthly journal that analyses international contemporary art and culture – from painting and sculpture to photography, film, architecture, design and performance.

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One of the articles is a richly illustrated article about Natalie Frank’s fairy-tale project, Tales from the Brothers Grimm: Drawings. Writer Linda Nochlin tells us these goache and chalk pastel drawings on rough paper are “Grimm’s fairy tales before the PC censors got ahold of them … The violence and eroticism of the fairy-tale images  are definitely not meant for children.”

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Another artist exploring sexuality as part of his work is Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, an internationally established artist who has courtyed controversy with the content of his work. Edward Dimsdale’s article in contemporary photography journal Hotshoe discusses Marvelous Tales of Black Ink, the artist’s most recent publication.


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Follow the blue signs for journals through the learning centre:

Zone 3, Floor 2: A- H

Zone 3, Floor 3: I- Z and archivemapllandaff

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